On May 21st, 2020 at 7:24p, Evansville Police Officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of S. Alvord Blvd in reference to a person with a gun call. The caller stated Christopher Courtney had pointed a gun at him and his family. The caller also stated Christopher physically forced a female into his Ford Mustang and was attempting to flee the area. Another witness also called in to Central Dispatch to report the incident.
Detective Sergeant Deyoung was in the area and located a black Ford Mustang matching William`s description.
Central Dispatch ran the plate and the vehicle was found to be reported stolen out of Webster County Kentucky. Sergeant Deyoung relayed the location of the Ford Mustang to responding E.P.D. Patrol units. Officer Hastings and Officer Turnock located the Ford Mustang and activated their police vehicle’s emergency lights in order to initiate a traffic stop. Officer Hastings relayed the Ford Mustang was attempting to flee the area. Hastings and Turnock pursued the Ford Mustang for less than two minutes before self-terminating the pursuit for the safety of the public. Central Dispatch soon began taking calls from citizens of a black Ford Mustang driving reckless near S. Green River Road.
Detective Beitler later located a black Ford Mustang parked on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes of I-69. He observed two individuals, one male and one female, walking away from the Ford Mustang. Beitler later observed both of the subjects walking through Evansville City property and private property in the 3500 block of Fickas Road. He then observed the male subject reach into the waist band of his shorts and drop an item near a detached garage.
EPD Patrol units arrived and placed the male subject in custody. The male subject were identified as Christopher Courtney. A .22 caliber revolver was found lying in the grass where Detective Beitler observed Courtney drop something. Detectives returned to the 2700 block of S. Alvord Blvd in order to speak with witnesses. It was ascertained that Courtney had physically assaulted his girlfriend and pointed the handgun at the reporter.
Courtney was charged with the below offenses and booked into the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Evansville Police Detective Office (812) 436-7979 or the tip line (812) 435-6194.
- Possession of a Firearm By Serious Violent Felon
- Possession of a Handgun Without a License
- Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon
- Criminal Confinement
- Resisting Law Enforcement
- Battery – Domestic Violence
- Auto Theft